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  1. Do you really think the politicians know what the truth will be next week. The lobbyist need to update them,
  2. I have spent time in both Costa Rica and Panama. Health care is a major consideration in my decision to come to Costa Rica. The incentives benefits can quickly be erased with one major medical event out of pocket. It is harder to budget when you have no real idea as to something that you cannot control. You can chose to drink box wine or cook in or go with out a new cell phone but the health care cost are not so adjustable. CAJA is a safety net. Please spend some time in both before making a choice. Best wishes Ed
  3. Sure maybe possible but why go through the effort. Maybe able to teach a cat to fetch things but for why would you want to invest the effort. Good luck with your life. Ed
  4. We do not know the name but it has been a long time ago. My wife is a journalist by training with an English background. We miss Chapel Hill and might have moved back if?
  5. Recently found Boston University World of Ideas. They have some really good readings and lectures on all manner of things. Try if you get a chance. One thing we miss about Chapel Hill was the number of great opportunities to hear great thinkers. http://worldofideas.wbur.org/
  6. it will cost you money and then you cannot be sure if the people you pay to watch will do a good job or just take your money. The laws to allow squatting had good intentions but even the government has fell victim of the law. The railroad right of way from San Jose to Port Limon has many squatters on it. Would you want to live on that right of way, those people do not either but are often aware that it is an investment in the future. There investment of time and the gamble pays dividends out of your pocket. Now the government will have to pay these folk to vacate the land and for improvements when and if the train ever does start that route. The more stuff you own the more you are a victim to it and people that will take advantage. We have land in Belize this has not been a legal problem but any improvements that you do are open for all to enjoy during your absence. I can walk portions of that property but some others I cannot due to under growth and a langue, pond so even being on a large property you may not see the people 1/4 mile away. Sorry that we purchased the land. Learned from my father that you should own things as of his experience growing up in rural NC. The rules may have changed.
  7. Ecuador residency is more straight forward and you do not need an attorney to apply in Cuenca which seems to be the area that many are recommending. Health Care is good also as I can determine. You need to be on the ground first in any area in my opinion before you make a move. Just reading Merida Mexico sounds like a great place but I have never been. If cheap is the ticket there are areas outside Charlotte that a trailer rents for $100 a month and you get free water and internet but you need body armor in my estimation to live there. Price alone is not a good way to pick. Just between us my wife is not cheap but a great value after 40 plus years. I am certain I could have found a cheaper mate but would it have last. Gambler93
  8. Just thought about something I learned in Sociology years ago. The more things are like what is familiar to you the easier it is to adjust. The more you future wife is like you, socioeconomic, education and background the greater the likely hood that you would be a good match. In moving to Costa Rica would this apply? The more your surroundings and what is available and support for you the more likely you are to adjust and stay. For us starting in the Central Valley would be more of what we would be accustomed to that some place like Peninsula De Osa. In the Central Valley there are more things that are familiar and we are able to interact with people that we know and share things in common, English speaking people are easy to come in contact with at many of the stores we visit, at church and great internet connections to talk with people back home. If you have difficulty managing your new life there is ARCR and other organizations that can help you navigate immigration, banking, housing and buying a car if you need help. Personally I would like to be some place that I could walk out my back door and go fishing at any time. But this would not put my wife where she could get care if she needed it and would not help her to feel safe and want to stay. We may be able to move away from the Central Valley after a few more trips but for now the Central Valley is a safe place for us. We still will explore. Not saying that people cannot be successful outside the Central Valley but that the people who stay outside are a special breed and very independent. Would love the culture and food in Limon but flooding heat and perception of crime would not add to my adjusting. You see we do not want to be pioneers, we are very sociable and enjoy being comfortable. Not really okay with drinking blush from a box but that will happen with time as our Spanish. Gambler
  9. I had problems with the baritone due to size but did okay with the alto, never played the soprano sax. As I recall I played better when I " did not inhale" or had Bourbon. Purely subjective. Gambler
  10. I played in a band with one of the Manhattans years ago. I think I played sax and sang. Played in jazz band for a while in college sax and wood wind. Have not played for decades but sang in not to distant past did not get a standing ovation. Gambler
  11. Have you considered using an agent what we are doing is paying a fee to have a place rented when we get off the plane. You give them your budget and preferences and they find you a place that meets most of what you want. We have friends in the States that have use this type service when moving long distance to areas that you are totally unaware of all the options. I cannot believe that we would be able to know what all the resources are and if you are looking for a short term place any way why hassle. Ed
  12. I make no claim to be able to provide an answer to the problem of violence in our society. I just am unsure if you take my gun I will be safer. My experience in the south has been that not everyone has equal protection. If you threaten to burn my home, place a cross out front and show up in bed sheet preparing to drag a man behind a truck for one victim or 50 these are not civil acts. I think that the minority community has become adjusted to the possibility of random violence. There is often little likelihood of any redress under the law.What we are seeing now is that the violence is spilling over to include the majority and what do you do. Do you legislate in Florida stand your ground and not think that this is an open invitation to more violence. I would gladly get rid of my weapon if it would mean peace and safety. Defining the problem maybe where we need to start and not with a knee jerk. The violence on our boarder with Mexico is a Mexican failure to control the violence. Rarely is it a problem with the way we manage substance abuse in the States. If there is no market for drugs there is no supply after a time. I base this assumption on my experience in this free market society. People stop buying Pinto. Vegas, Gremlin and Pacers. The manufacturers stop making and move on to something else to sell. No one is responsible for his behavior but the society has failed in some way to prevent me acting in a civil manner. Please keep the victims families in your thoughts as well as the families of the persons that promote these in human acts. Ed
  13. We are being overwhelmed here in the States by both sides of having guns and not having guns. It is true that guns are used to commit awful crimes but is the real problem the gun. If you collected all the guns would violence go away. Next do you collect all knives and frozen turkey legs ( Perry Mason) I think in years past. Then what. People have been killing each other before there were guns. The problem maybe more our culture of violence in many aspects of everyday life. Or maybe there is some responsibility on the part of the person that does these violent things. Kill a few people and become famous. Cannot recall if it was Huck Finn or Tom Sawyer. We sign or names in blood in the secret cave and promise that we become pirates, robbers and murders. One is afraid of the dark and wants his mother and the others have no plan to do any violent thing and all go home and society is none the worst off. Now the boys in their private rooms on the net learn many things and actually carry them out. My concern is safety. I feel safer in Costa Rica than here. Does anyone know of the statistical probability of being physically harmed as a tourist in Costa Rica as compared to living in a large city in the States or Las Vegas Atlantic City. I own guns and would be reluctant to give up that right I do not feel that I need a gun in Costa Rica. People in Costa Rica are more interested in my belongings than harming me. Here in the States people may kill you for no apparent reason. Killing people you do not know making prayers or watching a movie that is scary. Ed
  14. Not sure the current law to tax for health care is the best way to manage care and cost for the States. I am republican. However we are taxed for many things unlabeled that we do not get benefit of. There are cost of providing care to the uninsured that at present is covered by all of us. The cost being singled out is a political thing. Why not single out all taxes and give us an idea of what we are paying for. At present we would probably not want to know what are tax dollars are going for. Lastly if the funds for the taxes would translate into a better state of health for the people few would complain hopefully. My experience is that there often is a gap between the intent of taxes raised and what happens to the funds. Will we need to use the revenue to pay for another war, the projected short fall for social security or whatever else the people that we elected will allow. Looking at the roads here we will need help paying for maintenance or learn that pay as you go limiting new roads for special private projects and the like is not in the interest of the majority. Gambler 93
  15. Some times fear is used to control behavior by those of good intention. As a child I was reminded not to look at certain people in the eyes or to avoid walking through certain areas of town. Later in life I learned that some of the teaching of fear was believed to be a means to prevent me from being harmed. If you stay out of a lions cage maybe the lion will be less likely to eat you. Another advantage I have in Costa Rica is that I maybe able to pass for some one from Limon if I do not talk . have been told I look poor and have been told uneducated as well. The longer you are in country and the more you become a part of the community the safer I believe you will be. The first integrated neighborhood we lived in the States it took a while to learn where to shop what places to avoid. People after observing my family learned that for the most part we were regular working people and not drug dealers. Try to become a part of where you live and you cannot predict random violence. Random violence is less common than you would believe from TV. I was told by my new dentist that I need to have two implants. She continued to say that the cost would only be $6000 or so. Violent emotions if not physical injury. If I do not spend the money she explained I could possibly lose another tooth. I did not have the heart to tell her that I am the only one of my brothers that do not have at least a partial and $6000 to save one tooth is a very strange idea for a poor boy from the eastern part of NC. Plan is to get a partial next time I am in country from a friend that recently finished dental school and if that fails try eBay or some estate sales. Ed
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